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Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health, The University of Edinburgh

Linda Bauld holds the Bruce and John Usher Chair in Public Health in the Usher Institute, College of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Linda is a behavioural scientist with a PhD in social policy whose research focuses on two main areas: the evaluation of complex interventions to improve health, and how research can inform public health policy. Since 2014, she has combined her academic role with a secondment to Cancer Research UK where she holds the CRUK/BUPA Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention. Linda is a former scientific adviser to the UK government on tobacco control and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the UK's Faculty of Public Health. She leads two research Consoria - the GCRF funded Tobacco Control Capacity Programme, involving research teams in five countries in Africa and three in South Asia - and the UK Prevention Partnership funded SPECTRUM, involving 10 UK Universities and partner organisations conducting research on the commercial determinants of health. During the Covid-19 crisis she has been a regular contributor to print and broadcast media on approaches to addressing the pandemic. She also serves as a member of the Covid-19 research funding panel for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Post-Covid Futures Commission.


  • –present
    Professor of Health Policy, University of Stirling